Employing in Norway

Employing in Norway is appealing for expanding businesses due to its robust economy, highly skilled workforce, and strong focus on innovation and technology. The country's commitment to a high quality of life, environmental sustainability, and social welfare makes it an attractive destination for businesses looking to tap into a stable and prosperous market.

Businesses must adhere to the Norwegian Working Environment Act and ensure compliance with tax obligations under the Norwegian Tax Administration. TopSource Worldwide offers comprehensive services to navigate Norway's employment landscape, ensuring compliance with these local laws and regulations while optimising operational efficiency.


Our Expertise

Managing a global workforce in Norway

Managing a workforce in Norway requires understanding the country's unique labour laws and cultural nuances. Norway values work-life balance, employee well-being, and has strict regulations on working hours and employee rights. TopSource Worldwide provides expert guidance and support in managing payroll, employee benefits, and compliance, ensuring that businesses can focus on growth and development in the Norwegian market.


Extensive expertise

Our team of experienced, knowledgeable staff collectively provide up-to-date employment information across 180 countries, so you can always get accurate advice.


Entity-free employment

Feel free to hire employees from all over the world without being weighed down by setting up entities, running complex payroll or recruiting a hiring team.


Payroll without hassle

Have the confidence that your staff will always be paid accurately and on time, so that you can focus on your core business activities and work towards your success. 


Always-on support

Access helpful, relevant, personalised advice whenever you need it, along with expert-led recruitment policies and tried-and-tested HR best practices.


Global Employee Cost Calculator

Estimate the cost of your new hire with our calculator. Simply enter their location and salary information in to this handy tool to see what will be spent in employment costs each month.

Employment Cost Calculator

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British PoundNorwegian Krone
Base Salary (per month)£417.37NOK 5,655.15
Local employer's costs£0.00NOK 0.00
Total Cost (Annual)£5,008.47NOK 67,861.74
Hiring in Norway

Please note - the above costs are an estimate, and the actual amount may differ based on a number of variables.

Social Security contribution maybe lower based on employee location - in this estimate, the highest amount has been considered

Additional setup and management fees may apply.


Hear from our clients about our EOR solutions in Norway

"With TopSource we were able to have employees hired or maintained in Nutreco without having to establish an entity in these countries for only 1-2 employees. I think most countries are covered by TopSource, so they can help us with almost all cases. Good advice on conditions and direct contact with employees. Invoicing done directly to the company. An easy process compared to hiring employees by ourselves."

Annette van Duijnhoven

”We searched the market for a local payroll vendor in 2014 and we chose TopSource as our partner. We were looking for error-free and timely payroll processing and TopSource Worldwide delivers this, saving us time and money. We have worked together for 8 years now and would recommend them to anyone."

Praveen Lihinar

”TopSource Worldwide has a detailed and methodical onboarding process that made it easy for us to get set up and running with our UK employees. They were able to take the worry out of trying to comply with all local laws and regulations. Because they have this knowledge we do not have to research on our own and hope we are in compliance. This has saved us hours of time and gives both the company and employees a sense of security."

Client based in Ft Worth, Texas, USA

Personalised Employer of Record services in Norway

TopSource Worldwide offers personalised Employer of Record (EOR) services tailored to meet the specific needs of your business in Norway. This includes handling employee onboarding, payroll processing, tax compliance, employee benefits management, and HR support. Our EOR services ensure that your business meets all legal and regulatory requirements, providing a hassle-free solution to manage your Norway-based employees.

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End-to-end Norway payroll services

Looking to expand into Norway? Our unparalleled expertise in global payroll services ensures that your business can seamlessly navigate the complexities of payroll on a global scale, supporting your Norway expansion initiatives.

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Global entity management

Venturing into the Norwegian market can be both exciting and challenging. With distinct business regulations, cultural nuances, and economic landscapes, it's essential to have a clear roadmap for your business establishment journey.

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Whether your goal is to process your purchase-to-pay transactions with minimum errors or manage your expense claim procedure, our team of experts can handle your accounting responsibilities, allowing you to focus on your core business and save time and money.

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Global EOR services

Managing a diverse global workforce can be complex. This is where TopSource steps in as an invaluable employer of record services partner for companies seeking to expand their global reach while ensuring compliance with local employment laws and regulations.

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How to do business in Norway

Entering the Norwegian market presents a mix of excitement and challenges. Given unique business regulations, cultural intricacies, and economic dynamics, a well-defined roadmap is crucial for a successful business establishment.

TopSource Worldwide is with you at every stage. Whether it's navigating local regulations or facilitating seamless operational transitions, our expertise ensures a swift and efficient process for establishing your business in Norway.


Norway Insights

Key insights into Norway's landscape


VAT rates: Norway has a standard Value Added Tax (VAT) rate of 25%, with reduced rates of 15% and 12% for specific goods and services.


Ease of Doing Business rank: Norway ranks 9th in the Ease of Doing Business Index, showcasing a highly favourable business environment.


Consumer Confidence Index: Norway's Consumer Confidence Index dropped by 33.5 in the fourth quarter of 2023, showing negative sentiment amidst soaring inflation and higher interest rates.


Employee maternity/paternity leave: Maternity leave is typically 49 weeks at 100% pay or 59 weeks at 80% pay. Paternity leave is usually 15 weeks at 100% pay or 19 weeks at 80% pay. The parental leave system is flexible and can be shared between parents.


Employee termination period: Standard notice for termination is typically 1 to 3 months, depending on employment contract terms and duration.


Employee salary pay date: Wages are generally paid monthly, with specific pay dates outlined in employment contracts and subject to labour laws.


Bank holidays: Norway has several public holidays, including New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (May 1st), Constitution Day (May 17th), Ascension Day, Whit Monday, Christmas Day, and Boxing Day.

Contract of employment

  • Each worker is issued with a comprehensive contract of employment in dual language.

  • An overview of the Norwegian statutory requirements such as sick pay, holiday entitlement and maternity/paternity pay will be made available to you prior to contract offer.

  • TopSource Worldwide will advise where these provisions can easily be enhanced i.e. contractual or occupational sick pay, enabling you to provide a fully competitive salary and benefits package for all your employees.
    • Employees covered by National Insurance in Norway are entitled to various benefits, including: old age, survivors’ and disability pensions; occupational injury benefits; a work assessment allowance; cash benefits for sickness, maternity, adoption and unemployment; medical benefits; benefits for single parents; and funeral benefits.
  • Salary, Commissions/Bonuses & Benefits are agreed with the ‘workside’ employer and contractually included.

  • Non-confidentiality and post termination restrictions clauses can be factored into the employment agreement if required, providing greater protection for your business.
    • Post-employment, non-competition covenants are permissible under Norwegian law if they are reasonable based on factors such as the employer’s need for protection, the extent of the restrictions placed on the employee and the employee’s position and knowledge of the company’s customers and business secrets.
    • There are no provisions mandating that the employee be compensated during the restriction period.


  • Fully managed service to assist with routine HR tasks such as absence management, expense processing and probationary management.
  • Ad-hoc support available around the clock to support you when you need it most in the event of any disciplinary, grievance or other HR matters requiring urgent attention.
  • Regular updates and advice provided in order to ensure compliance with Norwegian law, i.e. requirement to keep records of the hours worked by each employee. Such records are to be maintained and must be available for inspection by the Labour Inspection Authority and the employees’ elected representatives.
  • TopSource Worldwide will bring any issues to your early attention and, where appropriate, work with you to ensure internal policies and handbooks are updated accordingly.


  • Fully compliant payroll funding process ensuring that employees and competent authorities are paid on time by electronic means.
  • Staff payments made to employees on a monthly basis as required in local currency.
  • Electronic Payslips provided to employees.
  • Statutory e-filing (“A-Melding”) undertaken monthly via Altinn to declare employment and income information to the Norwegian Tax Administration and SSB (Statistics Norway)
  • Tax payments made in line with local territory requirements to Skaateetaten (Tax Office).
  • End of year reporting completed as standard.

We appreciate each situation and business is different. That is why we offer a consultative and bespoke solution to every client. Personalised job specifications, job offers and benefits packages are all agreed with you during the set up process. We know one size does not ‘fit all’.

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Specialising in multi-country payroll solutions

TopSource Worldwide offers comprehensive payroll outsourcing services, ensuring seamless and accurate management of your organisation's payroll functions. With cutting-edge technology and a team of experienced professionals, we handle payroll processing, tax compliance, and regulatory requirements with precision.

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Employment Cost Calculator in Norway

Our Employment Cost Calculator simplifies complex tax calculations for global businesses. Accurately assess tax obligations, ensuring compliance with local regulations. Streamline payroll management effortlessly with our user-friendly tool, providing transparency and efficiency in international workforce taxation.

In addition to calculating your EOR taxes, our calculator can also help you:

  • Understand the different types of EOR taxes
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest changes to EOR tax regulations
  • Avoid penalties for non-compliance
Our author

Mark Robbins

Global Sales Director

Mark is the Sales Director at Topsource Worldwide. He has been a pioneering figure in the global expansion space since 2013. He is the first salesperson to sell EOR services in Europe, a feat he accomplished in 2013. 

Published 2023-11-14 00:00:00

Updated 2023-11-15 00:00:00

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Employer of Record FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about Norwegian employment solutions

What is an Employer of Record in Norway?

An Employer of Record (EOR) is a professional services provider that assumes the responsibility of being the legal employer for a company's workforce in Norway. This entails managing tasks such as payroll processing, tax withholding, benefits administration, and ensuring compliance with local labour laws and regulations.

How do global employment services work?

Global employment services operate as a comprehensive solution for businesses seeking to expand their workforce across borders. These services, often provided by Employer of Record (EOR) companies like TopSource Worldwide, streamline the complexities of international employment.

What are the benefits of working with an Employer of Record in Norway?

Employer of Record companies assume the legal responsibilities associated with employment, alleviating the burden of compliance, payroll, and HR management in Norway. This allows companies to expand globally without the complexities of establishing legal entities in each location.

What is the difference between EOR & PEO?

An EOR acts as the legal employer, handling tasks like payroll, tax compliance, and benefits administration. This allows companies to expand internationally without establishing legal entities. On the other hand, a PEO shares employer responsibilities with the client company, often co-employing workers.

How are employer payroll taxes calculated in Norway?

Calculating employer payroll taxes involves understanding the various taxes associated with employing workers and complying with tax regulations in Norway. Key components include federal and state income taxes, Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment taxes.

What global employment solutions does TopSource offer?

TopSource Worldwide facilitates hassle-free global expansion by acting as the legal employer, handling payroll, tax obligations, and HR responsibilities. With expertise in global entity management, TopSource assists businesses in navigating the intricacies of legal structures across borders.

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